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June 16, 2011
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Have you been outside lately?  Not only is the weather warm and the water nice, but there is a LOT of construction activity occurring throughout the City.  Public and private projects have begun in earnest to get started in an attempt to make substantial dry-weather headway on the work.  Because of the short time frame, nearly all have ended up starting at the same time.

All of this activity certainly causes some frustration getting around - and that's putting it nicely.  Road closures, encroachments, flag personnel, debris boxes, storage, trench plates, noise, dirt, dust, and delays.  It seems that every utility, PG&E, AT&T, MMWD, SD5, and Comcast, has necessary work that needs to get accomplished - add to that the City's projects - road improvement projects, underground work, storm drains, retaining walls, landscaping,  terrace improvement, etc....


Barricadethen add the more than 50 on going private construction projects at one phase or another PLUS the private improvement projects that do not even trigger City review such as gardening, minor private landscaping, deliveries, tree trimming, etc.  All together - that spells trouble, folks.  Right here in Belvedere.  Trouble with a Capital T and that rhymes with C and that stands for Construction.

The City does its best to coordinate requested road closures for minimal impact and staging plans are required for all projects - public and private.  We try and balance the needs of the public and private projects and avoid unnecessary road closures and deny closures that completely restrict access and alternate routes (road closures must be coordinated with both police, fire, and emergency response personnel).    Staging in most cases will mean the storage of materials, equipment, and vehicles - not always in the most convenient of locations.  All of this coordination flies out the window with unpermitted activity, unknown deliveries, unanticipated conditions, or unpredicted weather.

And last, but certainly not least, none of this is coordinated with private parties, celebrations, weddings, local fundraising activity, private special events, furniture and appliance deliveries, moving vans, or emergency situations.  As a small city, we have limited staff and staff resources and we all wear more than one hat/responsibility at a time.  We cannot be everywhere at once and often we're solving one problem while another unknown one rages on.

I guess what I'm saying here is patience is a virtue.  If you are in the midst of a project, be conscious of your neighborhood and the impact your project may have on that neighborhood.  A "few minute delay" is often longer than you think - sometimes due to unexpected conditions.  Situations must be kept safe and vehicles and people can only be allowed to pass when it is safe.  And at the end of the day, we're all trying to get to the same place - a community we call home.            

With the rain season holding on until later in the year (the beginning of June) and the potential for it to begin again in October, projects have a 4-month window to start and complete their dry-season work.  This is about a month or so shorter than typical.

I've always chuckled at those signs put up saying "Pardon Our Dust" as if the sign makes the experience so much more enjoyable; but now, if we did have such a sign, it would need to be put up on nearly every street in the City.  So, let's pardon the dust, mind the debris, and forgive the delay, because at the end of it all, we know it will all be better - at least that's the goal.
   
Thanks!

George

Looking to Escape Some of the Dust and Debris?...Check out the Classic Car Show, the Wooden Boat Show, and Concerts in the Park This Weekend...


Tiburon Classic Car Show
Saturday, June 18 - 11 am - 4 pm

Shoreline Park, Tiburon
2011 Classic Car Show
The Tiburon Classic Car Show (TCCS) is a wonderful community event, held annually in Tiburon near the ferry boat landing, against the beautiful backdrop of the Tiburon peninsula. The show celebrates the beauty of classic automobiles (produced prior to 1971), and men, women and children alike, find great enjoyment in viewing the cars on display. Cars are not formally judged, although there may be informal "People's Choice" awards. If you are the proud owner of a classic car, please mail in your application today. The show is open to the public, and admission is FREE.

For more information, visit the
Classic Car Show website.

Master Mariners Wooden Boat Show
Seaquest Wooden Boat
Sunday, June 19 - 10 am - 4 pm
Corinthian Yacht Club, Belvedere

This year's Boat Show will be held at Corinthian Yacht Club from 10 am to 4 pm.  The public can get a close look at boat, boat history, and for the kids, model boat building.  The gate fee is $10 which includes a detailed program of attending boats.  Children under 12 are free but must be accompanied by an adult.


Concerts in the Park - 2011 Season
June Concert - June 19 - 4 pm - 6 pm
Belvedere Community Park, Belvedere

This is the 14th Year of Concerts set to begin on June 19!  This year's season features tributes to Johnny Cash, Santana, Michael Jackson, and the Big Band Swing!
  The Concerts-in-the-Park Committee is proud to present four fabulous and FREE Sunday afternoon concerts for your enjoyment this coming summer.  Please join us for every concert in Belvedere Community Park from 4 pm to 6 pm. 

All of the concerts are FREE to the public, and sponsored by individual and community tax deductible donations.  The Committee thanks the City of Belvedere and the Belvedere Community Foundation for their support for the last 13 years.  The Concerts Committee consists of Belvedere volunteers:  Anne Butler, Nancy Cappelloni, Christina Decker, Tina Dewey, Jack Doyle, Ginny Doyle, Roger Felton, Nena Hart, Maureen Johnson, Cissy Kirrane, Jeffery Stein, and Petey Stein.

Bring a blanket, a picnic, your family and friends, and have a great time! 
This first concert is set for Sunday, June 19 at 4 pm: 
Man In Black
Johnny Cash Tribute Band - featuring
James Garner, "
Man in Black"
www.cashtribute.net

Griffin Stoller
Griffin Stoller, Award Winning Fiddler
and local Belvedere talent!
www.griffinstoller.com

2011 Tiburon Art Festival
2011 Art Festival
August 27 & 28
Ark Row, Main Street


Get ready for the 5th Annual Tiburon Art Festival on Historic Ark Row!

  • 64 Juried Artists
  • Live Music!
  • Family Entertainment & Activities!
  • Wine! Beer! & Champagne!

All steps away from the waterfront of the San Francisco
Bay!  Entry fee is a $5 suggested donation per adult and children 12 and under are FREE!

Visit the Festival Website for more details!


Tiburon Library PhotoBelvedere-Tiburon Open
Golf Tournament
Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Do you golf?  Do you enjoy a good day on the links?  Do you enjoy the company of friends? Competitors?  A good cause?

How about playing in the 2011 Belvedere-Tiburon Open Golf Tournament?  This year the beneficiary is the Belvedere-Tiburon Library - nothing like a good book!  Or an E-book! 


Play!  Sponsor!  Volunteer!
  We'd love to have you! 

For more information, contact City Hall at (415) 435-3838 or the Library at (415) 789-2665.  You can also download a
Sponsorship Form or a Player Registration Form here!

A Couple of Things To Investigate On The City's Website...

The City's website design and features are still relatively new, but for those that like to stay informed and in the loop, here are a few highlights to sections you can visit or sign up for:
City Manager's Blog

If you have not yet had a chance to visit the City's Blog it should be on your list to check out.  The Blog provides narrative information on a number City topics of interest.  From finances to emergency preparedness the Blog provides greater detail and greater depth.

One of the most recent articles featured on the Blog is a review of Emergency Preparedness Training at the Department of Homeland Security.  The Blog article discusses the three day training and its applicability to the community.

You can find a link to the Blog on the home page, left side panel.  You can "subscribe" to the Blog such that whenever a new article is posted - you get notification in your email as well as a link to the article.

 City Manager's Blog
 City Calendar
City Calendars

The City Calendars link provides you access to the City's online calendars for City meetings, community events, and road closures.  By subscribing to the City Calendars you get notifications of new events and activities as well as a notification whenever there is a Road Closure in the City. 

The links within the Calendar provide you with sublinks to Agendas, Staff Reports, and for the Road Closures, maps.

There are three calendars you can view and you can sign up for all or just one depending on your level of interest.

You can find a link to the Calendars on the home page, left side panel.  


Thanks for being a part of the City's E-Notifications!  E-Notifications are a resource of public information produced and distributed by the City of Belvedere. 

Sincerely
,

George Rodericks

City Manager
City of Belvedere

 

 

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450 San Rafael Ave.
Belvedere, CA 94920-2336
Ph: 1-415-435-3838